Current vocation - low-level retail management (auto parts). College educated (English, math, CIS), oddly enough. Married, father of one. I am a DRIP investor only, and no longer 'trade'. Almost completely out of the market due to a entrepreneurial venture me and the love of my life are undertaking. What I've learned from 20+ years of investing is that there are few forces in the universe as powerful as compounding. That is the train I plan to ride to easy street. Hobbies include carpentry (general construction all the way to finish work), computers, spreadsheeting (just about everything!), gardening, "fixing stuff", and doting on my wife. Two dogs - a lab/rott mix, and a Karelian Bear Dog. Love Tennessee after spending most of our lives in WI/IL. Never going back!
I retired from elementary school teaching in May, 2011. Today I'm an avid low desert gardener, researching varieties of peaches, plums, pears, apples and tomatoes that can survive and produce fruit in Arizona's 105˚+ summer heat. Now I'm researching dividend growth investing to find ways that invested savings can yield dividends the way orchards and gardens yield fruit. The real question is whether a beginner can successfully select stocks with dividends that can survive the ups and downs of today's economy. To find out, I rolled my tiny 403(b) over into an IRA and bought my first shares of MCD in May 2012.
July, 2013: I've sold most of the mutual funds in my IRA and invested the proceeds into dividend paying stocks: AAPL, INTC, MCD, PAYX, ABT, JNJ, AEP, PEG, CAT, COP, PG, GIS, KO, O, AFL, NSRGY, ABBV, and KRFT. The one year total return is a tad above 6%, the dividend yield is about 3.3%, and the portfolio's Beta is 0.7
In the garden, I'm trying to grow three varieties of blackberries, two papaya seedlings, a pummelo seedling, tromboncino squash, and miniature butternut squash vines.
"...Language most shows a man, speak that I may see thee..."
"Here", that applies to typing. Who people say they are in a net bio may mean even less than what they type. Over time however, -the discerning discern.
I give others the benefit of doubt, by that policy; Most things said in public don't / won't amount to much. Tripping across the very rare exception (on sites like this) however, is over half the entertainment!
I'll spare you the boring parts. I'm not an investor or a trader, I'm here for... I don't know why I'm here. Well, I guess because of the stock challenge we are having, so I can comment occasionally. I can apparently pick some pretty good stocks (atm). In a nut shell, I have been married to an amazing man (John) for 16 years, we have a wonderful son who is 16. I work, a lot! We are franchise owners, so a lot of my time is dedicated to our business. In my spare time when I'm not working, mothering or enjoying my husband I like to sleep and have begun making home made candles.
I am the Chief of Operations at Wolfram Solutions, the consulting arm of the large privately held software company, Wolfram Research. I manage teams of programmers developing custom applications for business and, government, applying advanced analytic methods to practical challenges. I played a major role in the development of many of the financial features of Mathematica and Wolfram|Alpha. I have been at Wolfram for over 15 years. My academic background is in the social sciences and analytic methods in the social sciences, including finance, economics, statistics, modeling, simulation, and operations research. I studied at the University of Chicago, both undergrad and grad. I am also an individual investor with 30 years experience, mostly using mutual funds and fundamental analysis, plus specific investments in the financial sector. My contributions on Seeking Alpha focus on the financial sector and monetary economics, and what analysis of those areas can tell us about other macro trends. I also discuss portfolio theory, formal methods in finance, modeling and simulation of financial prices and economic time series, government statistical releases, financial regulation, and monetary policy.
Charles (Chuck) C. Carnevale is the creator of F.A.S.T. Graphs™. Chuck is also co-founder of an investment management firm. He has been working in the securities industry since 1970: he has been a partner with a private NYSE member firm, the President of a NASD firm, Vice President and Regional Marketing Director for a major AMEX listed company, and an Associate Vice President and Investment Consulting Services Coordinator for a major NYSE member firm. Prior to forming his own investment firm, he was a partner in a 30-year-old established registered investment advisory in Tampa, Florida. Chuck holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Finance from the University of Tampa. Chuck is a sought-after public speaker who is very passionate about spreading the critical message of prudence in money management. Chuck is a Veteran of the Vietnam War and was awarded both the Bronze Star and the Vietnam Honor Medal.
I have been an active investor for almost 20 years. My main focus is on high-yield stocks, particularly MLPs, and high-growth oil companies in the Eagle Ford shale. I have a portion of my portfolio allocated to short-term trading, with a focus on over-reactions to company news and directional plays on VIX-based ETFs. I am happy to answer just about any question sent my way, especially from those new to the stock market.
I am a Civil Engineer, who is married with two young kids and a third on the way. In early 2013 I took a more active role in managing my IRA for retirement and decided to publicly share my experiences in building the portfolio as an example for the dividend growth investing strategy.
My interest in investing mostly began in 2005 when I started up an investment club with a few friends from college and has accelerated as I've been reading and learning along the way. Since then, investing and the stock market has become a passion and favorite hobby and I've enjoyed writing about stocks and sharing ideas I have here on Seeking Alpha.
My investing goals are to build a nest egg for retirement and fund college education accounts for my kids. I invest mainly in dividend paying stocks that have shown a history of consistent growth in earnings and dividend payouts.
I could put on this bio my education, work experience, investment strategy, and a nice thin (if I can find one) picture of me in a suit looking *smart*. Sorry but that's not my intent here. Sure I invest, help family make financial decisions, and make a ton of mistakes along the way. But my time spent here is to give all a formula for a well rounded view of fellow investors ideas and recommendations.
My goal is to have posters and investors educate one another so that eventually everyone has the opportunity to make money !! We should all have that same end game. Put the daily noise aside and think "outside the box" !!
I find investments are very different and difficult in these extremely Interesting Times!! We hear whispers of manipulation. QE'S that have never been done before. Then we have a template experiment in Cyprus to see the worlds reaction. I just ask everyone to sit back and ask themselves " 10 years ago would we even have thought a Cyprus could occur? "
Tossing ideas around is always fun....Authors posting their links on our blog is welcomed as well. Newbies with questions are urged to post. Either you learn from the answers or have asked a question no one has thought of . Either way that is EDUCATING !!
So feel free to join us !!
I was born and raised in Cleveland, OH. I have been actively investing in the the equity and options markets for five years. I have a B.B.A. from Ohio University (2011). Currently I own a property management firm in Athens, OH that focuses on residential properties as well as the development of raw land.
I am a Portuguese independent trader, analyst and algorithmic trading expert, having worked for both sell side (brokerage) and buy side (fund management) institutions.
I've been trading professionally for about 20 years and also launched www.thinkfn.com in 2004. Thinkfn (Think Finance) carries thousands of educational articles on finance and the markets.
I trade futures, stocks from the long and short side, forex and options. I trade both discretionary and fully automated systems (Metatrader, Quantshare and others).
I can be reached at paulo.santosATthinkfn.com or followed on Twitter at twitter.com/ThinkFinance999
I am a medical professional, but I have been studying investing for many years so that I can control my own portfolio. DGI seems to be the best way for me to invest for my retirement while being able to sleep at night.
I have also been successfully trading cash secured puts for extra income. I share my experience on my websites, Tradingcsps.com and my blog Tradingputs.com.
I just recently caught the investing bug and started taking an active interest in my (presently meager) portfolio in October, 2011. Turns out I'm not too bad at making my own picks, and I really enjoy doing my own research. So far my picks have significantly outperformed those of my high-priced broker (by about 10X). I've only got about 17 years left before I'll have to retire, and I've gotta get a move on if I want to enjoy my Golden Years and not end up having to work as a WalMart greeter on the graveyard shift. Seeking Alpha and The Motley Fool have helped me learn a great deal in a short period of time, but I've got a long way to go. I'm currently focused on building a portfolio of solid, stable dividend growth ... More stocks, with some pure growth (speculative) positions thrown in. At present I have 30 positions that yield an average of 5.3% in dividends. I'm hoping to learn more about options and save enough on the side so I can start playing with trading options; I'm looking forward to actively managing my portfolio in my retirement, and want to get really good at it before then.
The avatar is part of an insignia on the battalion crest of my last air defense unit. The insignia has a ship because the battalion began as "Coastal Artillery Corps" and evolved to become an air defense unit operating the Nike-Hercules Missiles equipped with nuclear warheads. The Fleur-de-lis is from the artillery battalion being posted to France during WWI. The ship represents an enemy target of the old coastal defense batteries. This battalion was my last and most pleasant posting as these missile sites throughout the USA were completely dismantled by 1975. Nothing took their place.There is no missile defense to save you. We're all on your own. Good Luck.
I am a IT Professional with a bachelors degree in Computer Science. I am not some multimillionaire (although I hope to be one day) I am an average everyday working person who decided to step out on his own and I want to encourage others to do the same. My investment profile closely resembles that of a Dividend Growth Investor with a bit of Value Investor mixed in.
Ashraf Eassa is a technology specialist with The Motley Fool. He writes mostly about technology stocks, but is especially interested in anything related to chips -- the semiconductor kind, that is.
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I use two complementary strategies for investing:
One is a quantitative, algorithm based, statistically modeled market timing strategy that I began developing in 1990, and started using 1994. The algorithms rely heavily on intra-day data, and none are based on “traditional” TA.
The original algorithms were developed using very short term intraday data and tested on reams of data, generating tens of thousands of signals. These are somewhat similar to directional HFT algorithms used today, basically searching out statistical “fingerprints” of high probability countertrend reversal points. The intention was to create a trading system requiring very limited human decision making. Since markets are fractal, these algorithms were found to work well with all time times, and are therefore not “curve fitted” to longer term daily or weekly time frames where they may trigger signals a very limited number of times (a dangerous practice). Automated analysis of multiple time frames form the basis of buy/sell signals, and incorporate risk control. The system is very selective. Longer term signals are generated infrequently, and have proved very reliable.
The second strategy is a fundamentally-based, bottoms-up, Graham and Dodd style value-based strategy, complemented by an algorithm-based component providing entry and exit points for individual stocks.
Occasional hedging, with both options and short positions, are a part of both strategies. Typically, dollars generated by closing longer term positions are earmarked for reinvestment in other asset classes or, if the continuation of an upward trend is anticipated, are used for short to intermediate trading of stocks or leveraged broad market ETF's (I have disclosed only longer term lower risk positions, and some examples of options hedging strategies in realtime on SA).
In 1998, I decided to invest and trade my own account full time. I have been happily and successfully doing this since then, and have no intention of doing otherwise in the future.
I seek not seek to change hearts and minds, but only to provide a little food for thought to those who are interested, and garner some from others as well. My views are always based on the output of my computers, and other than expressing them in probabilities (which is a realistic necessity), I don’t equivocate, and back them up with positions in the markets.
I believe that approaching both life, and the markets, with a little levity is a good thing. My sense of humor doesn’t show up at all in this bio, but I do have one!
By the way, "Hal" is my computer's name (quantitative strategy).
On October 31st, 2014, I retired. Turned in the keys to the company car, gave them my computer and my account lists and joined the ranks of those who "slipped off into the sunset." I never thought in retirement that I would be this busy. It's fun. Time with the grandkids, time to perfect my cooking skills, and time to travel and check off the things on my bucket list. I should have done this a long time ago.